The question of whether or not an omnipotent, omniscient god exists despite the existence of "pointless" suffering is a very controversial one. In this essay I will argue that such a god does in fact exist by arguing against William Rowe's article on the problem of evil. God exists and is an all-powerful, all knowing, and omni benevolent being. God created our world, and has reasons for everything that occurs in it including suffering.
William Rowe's Argument does not say that there is no god, but rather that an all-powerful and all loving god does not exist because of the existence of "pointless" suffering. His argument against the existence of an all powerful and loving god is set out in three premises:
1.There exist instances of intense suffering which an omnipotent, omniscient being could have prevented without thereby losing some greater good or permitting some evil equally bad or worse
2.An omniscient, wholly good being would prevent the occurrence of any intense suffering it could, unless it could not do so without thereby losing some greater good permitting some evil equally bad or worse.
3.There does not exist an omnipotent, omniscient, wholly being (Rowe, 230).
One should agree with the second premise because it is a correct statement (Rowe, 230). It is true that if an omnipotent, omniscient god existed he would prevent pointless suffering. However, the first premise is incorrect, which causes the conclusion that such a god does not exist to be false. The first premise is incorrect because "pointless" suffering does not exist.
It is true that suffering does occur in mass quantities and on a daily basis in our world, but "pointless" suffering does not exist. God has reasons for everything that occurs whether or not we as humans can see or understand...